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    Alexander Gelfond

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    October 24, 1906 – November 7, 1968

    We've talked about various things named after Jews: cities, atomic elements, mountains, moon craters...

    What about numbers?

    Yes, numbers. No, not of your usual counting variety; 9 is not named after an ancient Jewish philosopher. We're talking about irrational numbers; some of them are of increased interest to mathematicians and are given names. Π is the most known example. Or, for those who remember their high school math, e.

    Well, there are a bunch of irrational numbers named after Jewish mathematicians, and Alexander Gelfond actually has a couple: √22 (square root of 2 to the power of square root of 2) is the Gelfond-Schneider constant. Gelfond didn't have to share the other: eπ (e to the power of π), or Gelfond's constant.

    We could tell you why these numbers are important, but...

    We don't want you to fall asleep while reading our website.

    Verdict: Jew.

    June 17, 2016

    See Also

    Georg Cantor

    Alexander Grothendieck

    Edward Kasner

    Benoit Mandelbrot

    Stanislaw Ulam
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